IRL: Manning to miss Fontana race

IRL: Manning to miss Fontana race

After posting the fourth quickest time in qualifying yesterday, Darren Manning impacted the turn two wall and SAFER barrier at California Speedway, suffering a slight concussion and severe back contusion, according to Dr. Henry Bock, Indy Racing...

After posting the fourth quickest time in qualifying yesterday, Darren Manning impacted the turn two wall and SAFER barrier at California Speedway, suffering a slight concussion and severe back contusion, according to Dr. Henry Bock, Indy Racing League medical director.

Darren Manning.
Photo by Dana Garrett - IRL.
After being kept at Loma Linda Medical Center overnight for head, neck and chest x-rays and MRI, all of which were negative, Manning is forced to miss the Toyota Indy 400 race today on the 2-mile banked oval.

"I was pretty loose on the first lap," Manning explained from hospital. "On the second lap, I'm not sure what happened. Maybe a gust of wind, but I was very loose and the car came around on me. The rest is just a bit fuzzy," he said.

Manning is expected to return to Indianapolis on Monday and will be evaluated there prior to the Chevy 500K season finale on Texas Motor Speedway's 1.5-mile high banked oval October 17th.

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